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You Need a Tanker to Get There

May 21, 2019

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Hawaii Air National Guard Photograph | click to enlarge

You may have seen our F-22 Raptors in the news headlines, as they travel all over the Pacific, but have you ever wondered how our fighter jets get there and back again?

Our long-ranged capabilities are only possible because of one simple thing – tanker gas.

The KC-135 Stratotanker is operated by a three-Airmen aircrew and it’s been doing a great job at sustaining all types of airframes for more than 50 years. Talk about a lasting legacy!

See the photographs


The 203d Air Refueling Squadron, Hawaii Air National Guard, has excelled in their mission since their activation in 1993.

Earlier Retiree News post: Check Six: KC-135s in Southeast Asia – 48 years ago

From → History

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